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Scott Gumbleton eyes off Fremantle

Scott Gumbleton has not wavered from his desire to join Freo.

Scott Gumbleton has not wavered from his desire to join Freo. Photo: Getty Images

Scott Gumbleton has told Essendon that he wishes to be traded to Fremantle, which is well placed to gain the key forward.

Gumbleton told the Bombers of his wish to become a Docker on Wednesday. Fremantle is understood to be offering only pick 54 at this stage, while the Dons have asked for Fremantle's late second-round pick, 33.

Gumbleton had attracted some interest from Port Adelaide, which spoke to his management, but as Gumbleton has not wavered from his wish to join the Dockers, who have already added Melbourne forward Colin Sylvia to their senior list as a free agent and have a need for a tall forward to support 32-year-old Matthew Pavlich.

Gumbleton had considered a move back to his home state of Western Australia last year, before opting to sign a one-year deal with the Bombers, defying the view that Essendon's surfeit of talls - by then including teen prodigy Joe Daniher - meant he would struggle to cement a regular spot in the team.

This year, Gumbleton played seven games for a total of 35 since he joined the Bombers following the 2006 national draft, where the highly touted junior was the No. 2 pick, behind Bryce Gibbs.

He was grounded with a succession of injuries in the first five years of his career - including a back affliction that required surgery in 2011 - but both he and the Bombers persisted in the hope that the popular forward's fortunes would turn, as he returned from the surgery late in the 2012 season and played some impressive football.

The late pick offered by Fremantle was gained when it traded Viv Michie to Melbourne.

The trading period has been held up in recent days, with clubs to learn on Friday what picks they will receive as compensation for free agents. The wait for the confirmation of those picks has made a number of clubs reluctant to commit to players and deals.

16 comments

  • Surely this bloke will get snapped up by a better offer than 54. And no thats not an Essendon perspective.

    But then again is he an essendon player that could get banned by asada?

    Commenter
    Barney
    Date and time
    October 17, 2013, 6:34PM
    • Unfortunately the kid has only managed 1.5 seasons out of 7 and over half that came in 1 year. Regardless of his talent or popularity I think it's time the Bombers stop throwing good money after bad (so to speak) and give up on an investment that just didn't pay off for whatever reason. Good luck to him and Freo if they can make it work - sometimes a change of scenery is good for all but the Bombers have missed their chance at any currency his number 2 pick or talent have - they would be luck to get 54

      Commenter
      Didn't work out
      Date and time
      October 17, 2013, 6:58PM
    • 35 games in 7 years is not exactly a good reference.Not worth much, he's a total gamble.
      Take him 20 years to get to 100 games.

      Commenter
      Wal
      Date and time
      October 17, 2013, 7:21PM
    • Yeah Barney, cos ASADA can ban people in your world, right? At least your first statement was informed, he should get the 33 pick.

      Commenter
      Laki
      Location
      Windy Hill
      Date and time
      October 17, 2013, 8:02PM
    • Oh dear Laki, when reality bites will you return here with a violin? Yes, ASADA will hand down notices. And yes, if they're not tough enough WADA will go over the top and finish it properly. Your rose coloured perspective is laughable at best.

      Commenter
      Delusional
      Location
      Windy Hill
      Date and time
      October 17, 2013, 11:44PM
  • He has an appalling injury history, which is a shame for the young fella. He is a WA boy so he would want to come back west.

    I think the Bombers have shown an enormous amount of faith by sticking with him this long, but given whats gone down at Essendon he probably wants to just remove himself from there.

    Im not sure how he will fit in a Fremantle. Likewise Silvia.

    Commenter
    EF92
    Location
    East Fremantle
    Date and time
    October 17, 2013, 7:16PM
    • Better off keeping him and hoping that he picks himself next year. With Crameri gone he may just find himself a permanent position.

      Commenter
      Pun
      Date and time
      October 17, 2013, 7:36PM
      • What position might that be, the long term injury list?

        Commenter
        Delusional
        Location
        Windy Hill
        Date and time
        October 17, 2013, 11:46PM
    • Why on earth would the dons accept pick 57? Surely that pick is worth very little. Essendon have a surplus of talls, but look set to lose crameri. Hurley is not necessarily a forward. Freo are desperate for a key forward and have been for years. The dons should hold on for a pick that will actually develop the list, or keep him for minimal $$. Worst case scenario is he remains in the 2s and the club don't strengthen freos already strong list

      Commenter
      Rhino
      Date and time
      October 17, 2013, 7:43PM
      • Yeah but nah but he's out of contract so he can nominate for the draft. But then Freo might miss out. So give us Fyfe and that little punchy guy.

        Commenter
        Laki
        Location
        Windy Hill
        Date and time
        October 17, 2013, 9:48PM

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